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The Hepworth Wakefield Garden

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The first phase of The Hepworth Wakefield Garden is now open!

The Hepworth Wakefield Garden, designed by internationally acclaimed landscape architect Tom Stuart-Smith, is a beautifully landscaped garden free for all to enjoy.

The garden has a rolling programme of outdoor sculptures, special events and commissions. The first sculptures installed in the garden are works by Lynn Chadwick, Rebecca Warren, Michael Craig-Martin and Barbara Hepworth.

For more information about The Hepworth Wakefield Garden project please click here.



Sculpture in the garden

Pitchfork (Yellow), 2013

Sir Michael Craig-Martin

This 11ft yellow pitchfork stands tall amongst the trees in the garden. It is taken from a series of giant and brightly coloured painted steel sculptures that resemble commonplace objects.

Appearing like drawings in the air, Craig-Martin’s deceptively simple sculptures pose questions about the role that objects play in our everyday lives.

Hear Michael Craig-Martin describe his sculpture in this short film.

The Three, 2017

Rebecca Warren

British artist Rebecca Warren personally chose to show her sculpture The Three within the new garden. Warren’s bronze works are created in clay, then cast in bronze and finally hand-painted.

Taken from a recent series of large human figures, The Three was selected for its subtle icing-like palette of blues and pinks, which offset the sculpture’s monumental scale.

Warren said: “It feels like a rare opportunity to have sculptures in this setting, especially in a garden that is open and free to the public. I’m looking forward to seeing my work in this beautiful context and to seeing how it is affected by the changing light of the different seasons.”

Ascending Form (Gloria), 1958

Barbara Hepworth

The two diamond shapes in Ascending Form (Gloria) can be seen as representing natural forms, with the one growing organically out of the other, or as a reference to hands coming together in prayer.

One of her most frequently recurring subjects was the standing form, which she related to the feeling of a human figure in the landscape.

Read more about Barbara Hepworth here.

Dancing Figures, 1956

Lynn Chadwick

One of the leading sculptors of post-war Britain, Lynn Chadwick won the International Prize for Sculpture at the Venice Biennale in 1956, making him the youngest ever recipient of the prize. The same year, he made Dancing Figures, a subject he returned to many times.

Struck by the impact on British culture of the ‘Teddy Boy’ youth movement in the mid-1950s, Chadwick wanted to create sculpture that possessed the swagger, menace and modernity of these young men. Sharp angles and jagged postures, inspired by the way the ‘Teds’ danced to the music of Bill Haley and Elvis Presley, create a sense of dynamic motion, despite being cast in bronze.

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